Secondary school: King’s College Wimbledon, 5 years.
University destination: Oxford, Physics
Captaining 1st team tennis at various tournaments etc.
Headmaster (Andrew Halls) and his sterile vision for an exam factory school. Felt like the school wants you to conform to it rather than the other way around.
Initially great but got worse as the new headmaster got rid of older teachers who inspired me with their sometimes unorthodox but engaging teaching. These were replaced by pencil pusher teachers who were focused on enforcing rules without discretion and only taught syllabus material.
Sport (tennis, basketball, waterpolo).
No. I have many friends from school but I have no interest in staying in touch with the school given the way it was changing in the last few years there.
Yes, very many as I did not get along with some specific teachers who wished to enforce arbitrary rules that I (or my parents) did not agree with and did not follow. Eg. not going to church service as I’m not religious.
Bob Dylan – The Times They Are a Changin’
Sterile, conformist, bureaucratic